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What is a slack line?

Slacklining is the act of walking or balancing along a suspended length of flat rope or webbing that is tensioned between two anchor points. Slacklining is very similar to slack rope walking and tightrope walking. The tension can be adjusted depending on the level of difficulty the user wants, and different webbing may be used based on circumstances. Although tightrope walking is a long lost skill, many people have been envious of this skillset for centuries. This led to the a new and more modern application: slacklining.

Slacklining is a great activity to challenge your balance and mental stability, it almost always a family activity but but has more recently been integrated into yoga workouts. It is popular with yogis because it challenges the mind to concentrate and hold one steady enough to do poses on the line. Of course it's a killer workout too! Slacklining activates the muscles in the body that are less used then the other larger muscles, it builds a lean and strong core for the foundation of the body.

Slacklining is easy to get into, simply buy a slackline online and follow the directions to set it up. Of course you need to two solid anchors (I prefer trees at least 2' in width), and the slackline. Many slacklines come with a ratchet system where you can tighten it mechanically versus manually for a more taught line. It is also very easy to get started on a slackline, because it is flat your feet rest easily on the line, I recommend picking up some type of balancing poles for beginners - whether it's ski poles or a long broomstick handle with the broom removed. I know you've seen the tight rope walkers with their infamous balancing pole, trust me, it helps! The best thing about slacklines is the more you use it, the better you'll get. Check out these yoga poses on a slackline:

Impressive right? The best thing about slacklining is any able-bodied person can acquire these skills. It just takes practice and a little motivation. 

Slacklining is also great for the family, it keeps kids active and engaged while boosting their self confidence. Kids love trying to balance their way across the slackline and it's an awesome way to get all of the family involved. Kids need a way to focus their mind and unfortunately now a days it's mostly through video games and Ipads, but it doesn't have to be that way! Kids just want something to keep them occupied and that's challenging. It's also a great way for them to show off to their friends when they come over (haha)

Have I sold you yet? Buying a slackline is the best investment you can make if you want to break out of the old routine, it's great for your mind, body, and soul. Looking to buy one? Check out Zip Line Stop, they have a starter slackline that won't break your bank. They also come in black or pink which is pretty cool Check it out:
Zip Line Stop's Slackline



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